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UC Irvine School of Law • January 18, 2015

Monday, January 19, 11:59pm

Pro Bono Priority Sign-Up Deadline
The list of pro bono projects for Spring 2015 is now available.  Please review the list on PB Track, or if you prefer a Word document please see attached.   In order to receive priority, your pro bono preference requests must be submitted by this Monday, January 19th at Midnight.  Requests received after that date will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, January 23, Noon

Deadline to Add/Drop/Change Grading Option for 2/3Ls
The deadline to add/drop/change the grading option (grade or S/U) with NO CHARGE is noon on Friday, January 23rd. Be sure to make changes to your enrollment by this deadline through LawReg. After this deadline, changes must be completed by using the Academic Rules Petition form and a late fee will be charged for each change made. Remember that you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units each semester. Please contact the Law School Registrar's Office with any questions.

Friday, January 23

AABA Law Foundation Law Student Scholarships Application Deadline
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and the AABA Law Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2015 AABA Law Foundation law student scholarships.  Applications are due on January 23, 2015, and scholarships will be awarded at the AABA Annual Dinner on March 12, 2015. For an application, click here. All current law students are eligible to apply.  Selection criteria include community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and commitment to the Bay Area.  If you have any questions, please contact

Sunday, January 25

The Voice Article Submission Deadline
The Voice is looking for articles from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for its next issue! Please send your submission to Jeremy Cowan ( or Anna Rea ( by January 25.

Saturday, January 31

Deadline to Register for the 2015 UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition
The University of California, Irvine and Broadcom Corporation are pleased to announce the 2015 UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition.
 The Competition will be held on February 28, 2015 and will include graduate students from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Paul Merage School of Business, and UCI School of Law. The UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition will challenge students to structure and negotiate a joint development agreement for a new and exciting technology. The participants will develop practical transactional skills, collaborate on interdisciplinary teams, gain exposure to corporate issues, and learn best practices from a distinguished panel of Orange County professionals. The teams will be judged and awarded based upon the effectiveness of their business strategy, understanding of the issues, overall professional demeanor, and the terms of the final agreement. This is a great opportunity for students interested in IP, business drafting, and/or transactional law.  It’s also a great way to collaborate with engineering/computing and business graduate students.  An Awards Dinner will be held at the University Club at the end of the all-day competition.  Registration is on a rolling basis.  Each school will be allowed to have 10 students compete.  Waitlists will be created and additional teams may be formed.  Your registration will be time-stamped, so we will know the order in which students sign up.  Please do not register if you are not fully committed to participating.  Graduate students in Engineering/Computing and the Business School are relying on the team’s efforts.
Register here:
Registration Closes: Saturday, January 31
Official Teams Announced: Friday, February 13
Competition Day: Saturday, February 28

Sunday, February 1, 10:00pm

1Ls: Torts and Contracts Lab Applications Due
ASP is hosting a five-week workshop series offered from February 18 to April 1 for students who want to further their proficiency in legal analysis, studying, and exam taking skills.  The workshops will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. The lab workshops will use concepts from your torts or contracts class to provide you with multiple opportunities to learn and practice legal analysis skills.  You will also receive extensive feedback for improvement throughout the semester. Students accepted into the program are expected to make a good faith commitment to attend all classes and fully participate in the program.  If you want additional guidance this semester, we strongly encourage you to apply! Please submit your applications to Esther Song at by February 1, 2015 (Sunday) at 10:00 PM.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Chong or Professor Kung.  We look forward to working with you and have a great semester!

Sunday, February 1

ASP Fellows Application Deadline
The Academic Skills Program (ASP) is seeking a fellow to provide academic guidance to the incoming 1Ls during their first year in law school.  The position requires no more than 9 hours per week during the Spring 2015 semester and an extension to future semesters is possible.  The rate of pay is $14.50 per hour. The Academic Skills Fellows (ASFs) work closely with the Assistant Director of Academic Skills to manage social media channels and develop content for small group sessions and tips.  ASFs are responsible for leading the small group sessions, meeting with students individually, and providing feedback to students on various exercises throughout the semester. Qualifications: Applicants must be upper-division students (2Ls) in good academic standing at UC Irvine.  The important skills for the position include the ability to explain legal concepts clearly, to critically assess another’s work, and provide constructive feedback both orally and in writing. Training is provided, but students with past teaching, counseling, and/or mentoring experience are encouraged to apply.  How to apply: Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter, and a copy of their transcript directly to Christina Chong at Applications are accepted until February 1, 2015 (Sunday) and interviews begin the following week. The projected start date is March 9, 2015 (Monday).  If you have any questions, please contact Christina Chong at

Friday, February 6, 11:59pm EST

Cudahy and Motley Writing Competitions
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. We encourage participants to view this topic broadly and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.  Submissions must be emailed by Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59pm EST. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Papers must be emailed to in Word format.  Click here for more details about the 2015 competition.

Wednesday, February 11, 4:30pm

Deadline for Diversity in the Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship
The California Bar Foundation’s Diversity in the Public Interest - Bar Exam Scholarship supports bar exam expenses for California law students from diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue careers in the public interest sector.  “Diversity” includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Link to application:

Sunday, February 22

UC Student Regent Application Deadline
Applications for the UC Student Regent position are now available online! This is a great opportunity for our students to represent their peers and advocate for students’ needs at the highest level while expanding their network, develop leadership skills, and have their tuition paid for two years.
Application available online:
Informational Luncheon with the Current UC Student Regent & Regent-Designate: 
Wednesday, January 14 12pm – 1pm (Dr. White Conference Room - Cross–Cultural Center)
For questions, please contact Kathy Dong ( or Marie Paulo (, or refer to the UC Student Regent website.

Monday, March 2

2015-2016 FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline
To renew eligibility for federal direct loans and receive disbursements for the Fall 2015 semester, now is the time to  submit a 2015-2016  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at  Be sure to include the UCI’s federal school code on your FAFSA: 001314.  If you don’t remember your Personal Identification Number (PIN), you can re-apply or re-activate your PIN at The priority filing date is March 2, 2015. If you file by March 2, you will receive an offer of federal loans before the end  of the Spring semester.  If you/your spouse have not completed your 2014 Federal Tax Returns yet, use estimated figures based on W2s/1099s or the previous year’s figures. Please do not report parental information on your FAFSA. You may follow up with my  office if additional information or documentation is requested. Also, please take advantage of the free online scholarship search at  our scholarship page


Thursdays, January 15-April 9

Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society
This dialogue series sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy examines the intersections of law, race, society, and mental health through the use of dialogue and documentary.  The series provides a forum for thinking about the emotional, psychological, and mental health dimensions of social violence and discrimination, examining legal cases as a platform for the discussions. The series is moderated by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Public Health and Gender & Women's Studies.  The roughly hour-long sessions will be held at lunchtime, except for the Jan. 22 event, which will be in the evening. Full series schedule is below.
January 22, 5:00pm, UCI Humanities Gateway 1070: Out in the Night, Two of the defendants will be present for Q&A after film screening. RSVP here for the Jan. 22 event ».

Thursday, January 22, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Book Talk & Signing for Dean Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
Dean Chemerinsky will discuss his new book, The Case Against the Supreme Court. Please RSVP here.

Friday, January 23, 3:00pm - 7:30pm and Saturday, January 24, 8:00am - 5:30pm

Justice and Injustice: The Consequences of Storytelling in the Courtroom, EDU 1111
UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public, a collaborative conference and lecture series of the Literary Journalism Program, the School of Humanities, and the School of Law, presents a two-day conference on storytelling and law. Friday’s keynote speaker is Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law. More details about each panel can be found here. Please RSVP here.

Monday, January 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Professor Matthew Schaefer, EDU 1111
Professor Matthew Schaefer was named Nebraska College of Law’s inaugural Director of the U.S's first degree-bearing Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program in 2006; he has continued as director of the program ever since. He has organized regional conferences on space and cyber law in Omaha (in conjunction with US Strategic Command’s Space and Cyber Symposium), San Diego, CA and Ann Arbor, MI. He was the principle investigator responsible for administering a $1.71 million NASA grant from 2008-2011 that helped launch the program. Please RSVP here by January 24th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30pm

Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture: #BLACKLIVESMATTER, Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
UCI Law Prof. Kaaryn Gustafson is a featured speaker and Janice Austin, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Financial Services at UCI Law, will moderate the discussion at this event, presented by the UCI Cross-Cultural Center as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium 2015 and the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture. The Cross-Cultural Center established the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture in 2001 to commemorate the work on racial understanding that Dr. White has promoted throughout his years at UC Irvine.  RSVP HERE.


Tuesday, January 20

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Wednesday, January 21

CARES Pro Bono Training, 11:30am - 1:30pm, LAW 3500

Monday, January 26

Student Coffee with the Dean, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, LAW 3500

Tuesday, January 27

LSSDP - First Meeting of the Semester, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600


Tuesday, January 20, 11:45am - 1:30pm

Mandatory 1L Spring Workshop, EDU 1111
Senior Associate Dean for Academics Sarah Lawsky (grades); Director of ASP Linda Puertas (exam review, Spring workshops & labs, individual ASP counseling); Assistant Dean of Career Development Ann Chernicoff (interviewing & networking skills). Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Global Justice Summit Workshop #3: Comparative Constitutional Law, EDU 1131
Get an introductory overview of relevant comparative constitutional law issues and some interesting examples from foreign constitutions from Professor Menkel-Meadow. Learn from more recently-drafted constitutions and acquire the necessary knowledge for successful participation in the Global Justice Summit. Learn about key elements of successful constitutions and the trends in constitutional frameworks and processes. You must RSVP here by Sunday, January 18, to guarantee dinner will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Perspectives: A Reading Group (CLEaR), LAW 3500
Come join the Center on Law, Equality, and Race for the first Perspectives Reading Group of Spring 2015! Perspectives is a monthly student discussion group. This month is our first student-led discussion. We're discussing Kenji Yoshino, Covering, 111 Yale L.J. 769 (2002) and Russell Robinson, Masculinity as Prison, 99 Cal. L. Rev. 1309 (2011) Articles have been emailed to student list serves. Dinner provided. Contact with questions or to RSVP!

Wednesday, January 21, 11:30am - 3:30pm

Community & Public Service Fair, Pacific Ballroom, UCI Student Center
This is a great opportunity to meet the people who work or volunteer for our local nonprofits, and to explore ways that you can connect and get involved in service learning. Over 50 nonprofit and campus organizations will be represented. Areas of interest include environmental, cultural, health & wellness, children & youth, education, senior care, advocacy, and much more. Find community partners and organizations that meet your interests, and help support the UC Irvine 50 for 50 volunteer program. Our goal is to reach 50,000 hours of service... and you can be a part of UCI's ongoing legacy of making a difference. To learn more about the fair, please visit

Wednesday, January 21, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

CDO: LAIPLA Law School Road Show, MPAA 408
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association is the premier intellectual property law association in Southern California. In their 80th year, LAIPLA has been educating and connecting members of the intellectual property legal community since 1934. LAIPLA is coming to UCI Law on 01.21.15 at 5:00 p.m. (MPAA 408) to present a panel of speakers who will discuss careers in intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law.  Experienced IP practitioners with law firm and in-house experience will be in attendance. Students will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the panelists at this event. For anyone interested in learning more about LAIPLA and the Association’s membership, this will be an invaluable opportunity.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.  Students interested in attending should RSVP on Symplicity at their earliest convenience.

Thursday, January 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  International Human Rights Clinic Summer Internship Information Session, MPAA 408
Students interested in applying for a summer position with the International Human Rights Clinic should attend this information session. Paul Hoffman will speak to students about what to expect as a summer intern with the Clinic. Students submitting application materials as part of the Spring Interview Program are strongly encouraged to attend.  Paul Hoffman's practice has been in the areas of constitutional and civil rights litigation. He has served with many international human rights organizations, including the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he served as Legal Director and Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee which oversees its operations throughout the world. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Friday, January 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Patent Bar Exam Information, LAW 3750
Mark Dighton, Director of Law School Relations and a Director of the Patent Office at the Practicing Law Institute is coming to UCI Law on 01.23.15 at 12:00 p.m. (Law 3750) to give a detailed presentation concerning the Patent Bar Examination. If you are a student with an undergraduate degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, attendance at this event is encouraged. Students interested in attending should RSVP on Symplicity at their earliest convenience.

Tuesday, January 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Law Review: Student Note Workshop, MPAA 408
The Law Review will host this informative workshop for students interested in submitting a student note to be considered for publication in the UC Irvine Law Review. A student need not be a member of the Law Review to submit a student note, and thus all students are welcome to attend the workshop. The workshop will explain what a student note is and highlight some common elements found in notes that have been published in the Law Review. The workshop will also explain the benefits of writing a student note. The notes chair will then discuss the process for selecting student notes. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for students to ask the notes chair any questions they may have about student notes.

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Law Review Town Hall, MPAA 420
Members are invited to discuss current issues with the journal, including a potential change to a two-year membership structure for new members in the class of 2017.

Wednesday, January 28, 3:15pm - 4:15pm

ASP: Be Successful in Law School by Getting the Most Out of Practice Exams!, MPAA 420
Everyone knows you should take practice exams, but only a small percentage of students understand how to self-assess their answers effectively. Attend this workshop to learn how to judge whether your work product met the expectations of the professor. Cupcakes are provided!

Wednesday, January 28, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CDO Career Plan Workshop:  Spring Training - Refreshing Your Resume & Interviewing Skills, EDU 1131
This interactive session for 2L and 3Ls will be an opportunity to recharge your job search by refreshing your resume and interviewing skills. The CDO will share resources and strategies, and there will be breakout sessions covering private sector, clerkships, public interest, and government job search strategies. Students are welcome to attend at any point during the session.

Thursday, January 29, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Mock Trial Information Meeting, EDU 1131
UCI's Fourth Annual Mock Trial Competition will be held this Spring. The competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. 1Ls, though not eligible to compete, may still participate as witnesses. Those interested in participating should attend the informational meeting on January 29 at Noon led by Justin Bernstein, a litigation associate at Stradling Yocca. The informational meeting will discuss the format of the competition and other details.  Please RSVP by noon on January 27 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Friday, January 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm & Saturday, January 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

5th Annual Global Justice Summit, UCI Student Center, Doheny A/B
The Global Justice Summit is an annual event at UCI Law, created by students and advised by Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, in which, each year, students draft a new constitution for a new legal entity: a new country, a former colony, or a break-away, post-revolutionary or post-civil war country.  Students receive training in multi-party negotiation, meeting facilitation and comparative constitutional law in workshops which precede the event.  Each year, the Summit is accompanied by lectures and presentations by leading scholars and participants in comparative constitutional drafting and analysis. The 2015 speakers include Professors Wayne Sandholtz (USC Political Science and Law School, formerly UCI) and Paula Garb (UCI, Center for Global Peacemaking). Past participants have included Professors Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School), Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago, Law School and Political Science), Heinz Klug (Wisconsin Law School); Jorg Fedtke (Tulane Law School) and Keally McBride (University of San Francisco, Politics Department).  Everyone is invited to attend the Guest Speaker sessions at 12 noon on Friday and on Saturday. Participation in the Summit or attendance at workshops is not required to attend the speaker events.
Friday, Jan. 30 Speaker: Wayne Sandholtz, University of Southern California, John A. McCone Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Law. You must RSVP online here by Wednesday, January 28 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.
Saturday, Jan. 31 Speaker: Paula Garb of the University of California, Irvine, Board Member of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and School of Social Sciences Lecturer. You must RSVP online here by Thursday, January 29 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Saturday, January 31, 10:30am-4:00pm

CDO: 1L Mock Interview Program, Law Library
A fundamental component of securing a job is a successful interview. The CDO is providing the opportunity to practice interviewing with a member of the UCI Law School community. Each mock interview will last 30 minutes – 20 minutes for the interview and 10 minutes for feedback. All interviews will take place between 10:30am and 4:00pm. All mock interviewers will be CDO career counselors and UCI Law alumni. You will not be paired with your primary career counselor.  You will have the chance to practice your answers to common legal interview questions and receive feedback on the substance of your answers, as well as your demeanor and interview attire. We strongly encourage you to participate!

Saturday, January 31, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pursuing a Career in Public Interest Law, MPAA 420
Public interest careers are fulfilling and rewarding, but getting a public interest job can be challenging.  Come meet with a group of UCI Law alumni who practice in the public interest, and learn how they got there.  The alumni will give practical insight on how to approach law school, networking, and other career-related topics aimed at becoming a public interest lawyer.



Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Campus Closure

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 19th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Become an Admissions Ambassador!

The Admissions office is seeking current students (especially 1Ls) to assist with law school tours, calling admitted students, and other various Admitted Students Weekend activities (ASW is April 10-11). For more information, please contact Michelle M. Coscia-Roosen, Admissions and Recruitment Officer, at

Writing Requirements

This is a gentle reminder that a form is needed to receive credit for your upper level writing requirement; including courses where faculty have indicated a writing requirement might be met.  Links to the writing requirement reference guide and the writing requirement signoff form are below.  Writing requirement reference: Writing requirement signoff form: You can check your degree progress, including writing requirement status at:

Bar Exam Testing Accommodations

California Bar Exam testing accommodations are available to individuals with mental or physical disabilities as defined in the State Bar of California Admissions Rules.  Applying for an accommodation takes considerable time and requires considerable documentation.  3Ls:  If you wish to apply for an accommodation, please do so as quickly as possible.  2Ls and 1L:  You can apply early for an accommodation.  Students who apply early but are denied an accommodation will have sufficient time to file an appeal and gather together additional documentation.  Students who plan on filing for a California Bar Exam testing accommodation should read through the State Bar requirements carefully.   If you are planning on taking the bar exam in another state, be sure to check its requirements for applying for a testing accommodation.  Early filing is strongly encouraged.

Health Alert

The Orange County Health Care Agency has released information regarding the presence of measles in Orange County. Further, they have identified the Ayala Science Library on the University of California, Irvine’s campus as a potential exposure location. We have some information that an individual with measles was at that location between 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 4.  The risk of developing infection after brief encounters with persons with measles is low, but as a precaution, people who think they have been exposed to an individual with measles should review their vaccination history and talk to their health care provider about how to monitor themselves for illness. Measles spreads by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles causes high fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes and symptoms generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. People are contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. Anyone suspected they have measles should call their medical provider before arriving at the medical office to avoid exposing other to the measles virus.  Students can contact their private health care providers or the Student Health Center for questions and concerns. The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and has extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Center is also open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. Center staff can be reached at (949) 824-5301.  Additional information about the measles can be found on the following website:

Legal Musicians Wanted!

Do you sing or play an instrument?  The Los Angeles Lawyers PhilharmonicLegal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq., and His Big Band of Barristers are looking for singers and musicians who are lawyers, judges, legal assistants and law students.  Proclaimed as “LA’s Only Legal Orchestra and Chorus,” the LA Lawyers Phil and Legal Voices have achieved international recognition.  The Big Band of Barristers, proclaimed as “LA’s Only Legal Big Band,” has also been named America’s #1 Legal Band after winning the American Bar Association’s nationwide competition. The orchestra, chorus and big band have exciting concerts planned for this season, culminating in a Walt Disney Concert Hall performance in June.   We are auditioning ALL instruments and vocalists.  We are especially looking for those playing harp, oboe, clarinet French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, string bass and for vocalists singing tenor and bass. If you would like to try out for these ensembles, please email  Take a look at an audition flyer:  For more info on the LA Lawyers Phil, visit


Wednesday, January 21, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Back-to-School Bake Sale, Courtyard
The Veterans' Advocacy Society at UCI will be having a bake sale fundraiser on Wednesday, January 21st. Come and support our organization!

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